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15 Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

15 Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

“I’m bored!” says every child three days into their summer vacation. While it’s not our job as parents to be cruise directors, here we offer alternatives to the default response of “Go outside and play!” Unlike elaborate Pinterest-inspired activities, we tried to keep this list to activities that most children could do without too much adult intervention. Of course, please use your best judgement when selecting activities that are both safe and age appropriate for your kiddos!

Screen-Free Summer Activities for Kids

1. Water Balloon Fight

Why a water balloon fight vs. a squirt gun fight? Time! The kids will have a blast filling and making the balloons… which also incidentally kills more time. If you’re worried about clean up and the environment, know that you can find biodegradable water balloons — 500 for less than $10!

2. Sidewalk Chalk Obstacle Course

Have your kids devise an “obstacle course” with sidewalk chalk. It could be one that they skip, hop, and jump through or use with their bikes, trikes, or scooters. This activity is a great way to get them to use their imagination and get some exercise!

3. Sprinkler Fun!

Sprinklers are a classic summer boredom buster for kids! A great alternative to splashing in a pool, running through a sprinkler will amuse your kids for hours, especially when you combine the activity with others like water balloons and squirt guns. Inexpensive and quick to set up, apart from supervision, this activity takes minimal effort.

4. Sun Tea

Sun tea is a quick and easy activity that is especially amusing for the younger set. Select a tea with a vibrant color, preferably a fruit tea, like passionfruit, peach, or mango. Place several of the bags in a large, clear, glass pitcher or mason jar for a big batch. Fill it up with water and set it in the sun to “brew.” After an hour of playing, the kids will return to find a brightly colored pitcher of tea waiting for them — made by the sun!

5. Plant and Bird Identification

Plant identification is a great activity for younger children who are excited about reading and science. Give them a plant or bird guide that is specific to their region and encourage them to find and identify different birds, flowers, shrubs, or trees in either their backyard or a local park. Increase the “science” factor by giving them magnifying glasses or binoculars to examine their finds with more detail!

Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

Can’t go camping without the right gear! We love these matching Lazy One flapjacks!

6. Backyard Camping

Can’t drive out to the wilderness for the weekend? Camp in the backyard! Have the kids set up a tent, wear their favorite pajamas, and sleep outside in the great outdoors. Even if they’re not keen on spending the night outside, they’ll have a blast pretending to camp all day long. Perfect for kids who enjoy imaginative play.

7. Nerf Blaster Target Practice

If your kids love Nerf blasters, set up “target practice” outside. Give them plastic cups to stack and knock over. Another option is to have them draw and hang paper targets. If they’re of the age where they enjoy competition, encourage them to keep score and practice their math skills while they’re at it!

8. Dominoes

Another old school rainy day classic, find dominoes and teach your kids how to set up trails of falling dominoes. Look at YouTube videos of dominoes falling to get inspiration for epic examples of what people have created. Take videos of the final result and maybe post it on the web for other domino enthusiasts to enjoy!

9. Make Popsicles

Popsicle molds are pretty common these days and can purchased on Amazon or in stores like Target or Walmart. While there are a lot of “recipes” for popsicles that involve fresh fruit and a blender, simplify the activity by purchasing an armful of fruit juices. Have kids combine their favorite juices into fun new flavors!

10. Crayon Rubbings

Send your kids outside with pad of paper and a box of crayons. Show them how they can make “rubbings” of their favorite leaves and flowers to create fun and original artwork. Simply place the leave under a piece of paper and lightly add pressure with the crayon to create an imprint of what is beneath. Works best when you take the wrapping off the crayon and rub lengthwise.

11. No-Bake Baking

It’s too hot outside to turn on the oven! Search the web for “no-bake desserts.” Since these recipes don’t involve an oven, they’re often easier for younger children to make from start to finish. Great for building kitchen skills and confidence!

12. Make Collages

Drawing, coloring, and painting are a great way to pass the time. If you have a lot of magazines and junk mail, give the kids some age-appropriate scissors (or help them cut!) and encourage them to enhance their artwork by collaging.

13. Squirt Gun Painting

Using squirt guns, water, and food coloring, your kids can make paintings outside. Set up large pads of paper at a distance and fill various water guns with different colored water. Let them fire away and create!

14. Water Xylophone

Fill several tall glasses with various amounts of water. Using a spoon, tap each glass. Show your kids how filling the glasses with more or less water creates a different sound. This is a fun way to experiment with music in your kitchen!

Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

This goldfish pajama set from Munki Munki is perfect for playing in pillow fort!

15. Living Room Fort

In many regions, summer has no shortage of rainy days! When your kids are trapped inside, let them build the living room fort of their dreams: no chairs, bedding, or pillows are off-limits! They’ll have a blast building the cozy castle of their dreams. Later that night, host a family pajama party in their “new home inside of home.”

For more ideas for summer family fun, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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How to Travel with Your Dog

How to Plan a Summer Getaway with Your Dog

Jetsetting is great for our health! In fact, getaways have many of the same health benefits as doing Sudoku and crossword puzzles. When we travel our brain is actively engaged, taking in all the new sights and sounds. While our brains our active, our bodies remain relaxed because they are physically removed from potentially stressful environments and routines. The result is more brain power and reduced blood pressure.

Everyone enjoys breaking their routine and getting out of town for the weekend — including your pup. This summer, pack him up and hit the open road together! If you think that traveling with your dog would be a huge hassle, you’d be wrong. More and more businesses are updating their policies to include the most loyal member of the family. Here’s how to plan the perfect weekend getaway with your best friend.

Puppy Love: Tips for Traveling with Your Dog

1. Pre-book dog-friendly accommodations.

When you’re traveling with your pooch, you don’t have to limit yourself to campgrounds or make the little guy to sleep in the car. Nowadays, virtually every hotel chain has a pet policy. Many hotels, like Marriott for example, will charge a small fee — $50 to $100 — to let your dog crash in the room with you. Before booking, call ahead to double-check to make sure that your buddy is welcome. Snuggle up in your favorite pajamas and let him sleep at the foot of your bed in the lap of luxury!

2. Make sure he has space to rest.

Some people are the “backpack and go!” travelers and others are the “everything but the kitchen sink” type. Whichever end of the spectrum you’re on, remember to make sure that your dog has plenty of space to stand up or lay down especially during a long car ride. Secure stacked baggage with bungee cords, to ensure Fido doesn’t get smooshed! An uncomfortable pup is an unhappy travel companion. So roll that window down and let him enjoy the ride!

3. Prepare for frequent stops.

You and your dog both need to stop and stretch your legs during a longer trip. Stop at least once for every two hours of driving. Whether it’s a pee break, a snack break, or a stop to briefly stretch your legs, getting to stand on solid ground will prevent your dog from getting stressed in the car. Bring plenty of water and let your dog take a drink during these breaks so he can stay happy, healthy, and hydrated!

Dog Pajamas, PJ Salvage, Traveling with Dogs

Unwind in this fun ‘Life’s Ruff’ pajama set from PJ Salvage.

4. Don’t forget his favorite kibble!

When you’re packing, bring his favorite brand of dog food along with you. While it would be easy to pick up a bag at your destination, you want to stay consistent with his feedings. Traveling in a car and staying in a hotel is not the optimal time for puppy tummy troubles… and you could wind up spending your days scrubbing car and hotel carpets instead of enjoying the great outdoors!

5. Research pet-friendly activities in advance.

Flying by the seat of your pants is a fun way travel, but when you have a pooch — especially if you’re driving to a more urban environment — you’re going to want to plan ahead. Run a quick search of hikes, parks, beaches, tours, and restaurants that will your dog participate. You don’t have to bring him everywhere, but it’s nice to know that you have options if you think he’s spending too much time lounging all day in a king-sized hotel bed (poor baby).

For more ideas for how to have fun with your buddy this summer, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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